EL SEGUNDO, CA — DirectTV is offering refunds to angry viewers, outraged over NFL teams who refused to stand for the national anthem.
According to a report published by The Wall Street Journal (https://www.wsj.com/articles/directv-allows-some-nfl-refunds-after-anthem-controversy-1506453159), the satallite TV giant has been bombarded with calls from subscribers to its Sunday Ticket package of NFL games.
Under typical DirectTVcorporate policy, refunds are not issued to subscribers of Sunday Ticket once the season is underway. But the company has decided to make exceptions this season due to the controversy that has risen over players’ decisions to kneel or link arms during the national anthem.
Mark Hoffman, a longtime subscriber to Sunday Ticket, which gives sports fans the ability to watch every Sunday game, told Fox Business News (http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/09/26/directv-allows-some-nfl-refunds-after-anthem-controversy.html) that he canceled his subscription, for which he had paid $280, because he wanted to stand up for what’s right.
“I honestly didn’t think I’d get a refund,” Mr. Hoffman said. “I know their guidelines, I just wanted to make a point.”
The protests, which started last season when quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem to protest what he referred to as “police brutality” against minorities, became a center point of this past weekend’s games after President Trump said that all players in the National Football League should be required to stand during the national anthem.
While many Americans agreed with the president, high ranking members of the NFL were quick to utilize the controversy, reportedly seeing it as a means of drumming up some extra publicity after a multi-season drop in ratings. Owners of several teams ordered their players to either stand down during the national anthem, lock arms or stay behind in the locker room in “protest” until the anthem was over.
That decision quickly seemed to backfire on the NFL as hashtags such as #NFLBoycott and #BoycottNFLSponsors began trending on social media.
Charles Plavk, a veteran from Wisconsin, told Fox Business that he, too, canceled his subscription to the channel from Charter Communications’ Spectrum Cable in response to the controversy. Plavk said when he called to do so, the customer service representative said, “everybody’s calling about that today.”
According to an opinion piece by USA Today called “NFL commits suicide by Trump with politically correct protests” (https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/09/26/fl-stop-self-destructive-grandstanding-and-just-play-football-james-robbins-column/701472001/), the NFL has only themselves to blame for choosing the path of political correctness over patriotism.
“The NFL is on a politically-correct suicide course, alienating fans and wrecking ratings. It can thank former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who last year started the fad of refusing to stand for the pre-game national anthem because he did not want to “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” writes columnist James Robbins.
“Sports are supposed to be fun, but these protests are divisive, distracting and pointless,” he continued. “They are a public relations nightmare that the NFL shows no sign of stopping. Goodell and others want to preach about free expression, but most fans probably prefer their football free of guilt-tripping toxic politics.”
Perhaps the NFL failed to get the memo that was sent out by Conservatives upon Trump’s election. The days of political correctness are clearly over.